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With vintage brass light fixtures and accents, caramel-colored leather Chesterfield sofas, black leather chairs, zinc and brass tables, cement tile insets, and plantation shutters, The Pearl offers a welcomed respite from the hustle and bustle of downtown Houston in a relaxed, sophisticated setting.
The concept was to provide a functional, fluid, modern space for visiting executives, while still eluding to Mitsui & Co USA Inc.’s design. Mitsui’s office designs are loosely based on regional influences. The resulting design of the Houston office is a great display of the melting pot between Texas, Japanese, and American culture.
Boasting a museum-like feel, the flagship is different from traditional retail spaces and intended to inspire people to go out and enjoy the wild through experiential installations. lauckgroup strategically designed each fixture to represent the idea of craft and tell the specific product’s story – by employing raw materials, exposed fastening, acrylics, etc.
In the centre, the service area sits below a large volume that the architects refer to as “the cloud”. This element is clad with vertical white-painted wooden batons, and tilts up at one end to direct customers to where they can order. “The loftiness of the space with natural lighting creates a fresh openness and the cloud serves as a visual focal point to balance the space,” they said.
The metallic veil that enwraps the program volumes establishes a distinctive presence on the San Antonio skyline, changing in appearance with different patterns of daylight and coming alive at night with programmable LEDs. Using the power of parametrics to establish mathematical rules governing the form and construction of the system, the project team could make continuous modifications at a high level and let the software re-draw the details of the resulting panel configurations.
Favor employees helped to hand select and design every piece of furniture and fixture in the office, while music fills the common areas with an employee controlled Spotify playlist. Employee feedback was further incorporated into the office design, with an abundance of whiteboard walls and breakout areas throughout the office to encourage open collaboration.
To reflect Houston culture without incorporating stereotypical Texas elements, the team engaged local artist Randy Twaddle to collaborate on a large-scale graphic vinyl wall covering for the three-level interconnecting stair. The art, created for NetIQ, features dripping coffee on watercolor with superimposed photos of power lines.
The modular timber design from ‘Chalet Hollywood’ is re-assembled as different seating arrangements inside the open-plan gallery, creating an intimate setting for social exchange. The diagonal structure that previously provided the support framework for the liquor cabinets, is now reconfigured as a screen to provide spatial separation.